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Schunk Expert Days reveal state of robotics

One of the things I like about attending Schunk’s annual two-day International Expert Days conference is that it covers a range of topics. From conversations with speakers, exhibitors, and fellow attendees, I get a feel for what users need and the challenges robot and gripper makers face in meeting those needs. Another attraction is that…

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PHD and YRG to exhibit actuators, UR5 and UR5e capabilities at Automate

PHD Inc. and YRG Inc. will be exhibiting at Automate 2019. Automate takes place April 8-11, 2019, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Please visit us in Booth 7320. In addition to its traditional pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric actuators designed for industrial automation, PHD will show both the UR5e and the UR5 from Universal…

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Nord Modules builds modular systems with customer feedback, exec experience

Mobile robots have proliferated in factories and warehouses, and a key component is how they interface with production lines, conveyor belts, or human workers. Nord Modules last week announced its entry into the U.S. market with flexible systems that work with Mobile Industrial Robots’ MiR line of autonomous mobile robots. Such modular loading and lifting…

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Teamwork, mentoring keys to success, say 2019 Engelberger Robotics Award winners

This week, the Robotic Industries Association named this year’s recipients of the Engelberger Robotics Awards. The prestigious awards recognize people who have contributed to the advancement of automation for the benefit of humanity. They will be presented at a special dinner at Automate 2019. Howie Choset will receive the award for education. As a professor,…

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ROEQ launches TR500 Top Roller, the largest conveyor for MiR mobile robots

ODENSE, Denmark — Real efficiency in logistics automation is achieved when the entire workflow is handled by robotics solutions that communicate smoothly with one another. That’s the vision behind ROEQ’s new TR500 Top Roller, which automates load and unload operations of the MiR500, the largest and most powerful autonomous mobile robot from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR). The TR500…

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Inside HAHN Group’s plan to revive Rethink Robotics

The HAHN Group scooped up the IP and trademarks for the Sawyer collaborative robot and Intera software less than one month after Rethink Robotics Inc. shut down in October 2018. The German automation and robotics specialist, which has 30-plus years of automation experience, recently gave The Robot Report an exclusive look at how it plans to…

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UR to address manufacturing labor shortage with new app solutions at Automate

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When U.S. manufacturers were asked to describe their primary business challenge, it wasn’t the increase of raw materials cost, trade uncertainties, or rising health insurance expenses that topped their lists. Close to 70 percent of manufacturers in the National Association of Manufacturers’ 2018 fourth-quarter outlook survey responded that attracting and retaining a…

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MiR co-founder launches Nord Modules in U.S., offering top modules for mobile robots

ODENSE, Denmark — Nord Modules, launched by Bruno Hansen, a co-founder of Mobile Industrial Robots ApS (MiR), today announced its entry into the U.S. market. The company is offering a new series of flexible material-moving modules that efficiently connect production lines and internal logistics using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Nord Modules‘ safe, ready-to-use, and industrial-quality…

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ARM announces fourth call for manufacturing robotics projects

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) last week issued a formal solicitation for a call for proposals for eight topic areas relative to advancing robotics technology for manufacturing. Pittsburgh-based ARM is the nation’s leading public-private collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation. It is part of the Manufacturing USA network and focuses on increasing U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness…

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Expert roundtable: Integrators discuss cobots, SMEs, and ROI

Driven by the demands of labor shortages and costs, faster product cycles, and higher product mixes, the integration of cost-effective, flexible collaborative robots, or cobots, continues to grow by leaps and bounds. And while challenges remain, innovations by robot manufacturers and a fast-growing ecosystem of peripherals and integrators are helping both small and large manufacturers…

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